Positional release therapy aims to “unwind” knotted muscles around tender areas and trigger points. It often offers the client immediate pain reduction and is useful to use before and during a massage.
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“Positional release therapy is an excellent adjunct to the practice of massage therapy, because it allows the massage therapist to first unwind tissue prior to manipulating it, making massage less painful and more effective, and its therapeutic effects longer-lasting.
Instead of forcefully compressing or stretching the knot or tissue, which may only engender short-acting endogenous pain relief, tissue is unknotted and then realigned with massage therapy, further facilitating tissue perfusion and structural alignment, much like removing a kink or knot in a garden hose.
I have found positional release therapy is best applied prior to massage, or as tender and trigger points are found during the course of a massage.”